Face to face with White Death

White Death.  That’s what Australians call the Great White Shark, which is regarded as one of the best killing machines in the natural world.

Great whites are the largest predatory fish in the oceans. A Great White Shark’s favourite food is thought to be the sea lion, which they can swallow whole.  There is no evidence to suggest that the sharks have a particular taste for humans, but often, when humans are taken, it is because they are diving, swimming or surfing around sunrise or sunset, which is the Great White’s favourite time for eating.  Usually people who enter the water at these times wear wetsuits, and, being mammals, can look similar to a sea lion – hence one reason why so many humans are killed by the great White Shark.

One interesting fact is that about 70 percent of people who are attacked by Great White Sharks recover, because the shark has realised it has not attacked a seal, so does not proceed with the feed.

Although Great White Sharks are found along the coastlines of all continents except Antarctica, they are particularly prevalent in the cool waters of South Australia, especially around the fishing town of Port Lincoln, where there are large populations of tuna and sea lions.

If you are into extreme adventure, and do not mind taking the odd risk, then the tour operator Goin’ Off Safaris, who are based in Port Lincoln, have just the tour for you.    

Claimed to be the “ultimate underwater adventure”, they give you the absolutely rare and unique opportunity to interact underwater with White Death.

Goin’ Off Safaris give you the opportunity to cage dive with some of the world’s largest Great White Sharks.   The waters of the Southern Ocean are very rich, and the sharks get plenty of food, so they are seriously big.  As a cage diver, you get to immerse yourself in a met cage that is dropped just below the surface to meet these massive creatures face-to-face; to gaze in wonder at their massive jaws and to see close up their rows of razor-sharp teeth.

Yes, you will be wearing a wet suit and, yes, they may think you look like a tasty sea lion.  And, yes, they may nudge the cage to try to get at you.

Obviously, this tour is not geared towards the meek.  You will need a lot of courage to hop inside a small cage and be lowered into the great White Shark’s domain.  Is it a risk? Yes.  Is it worth the risk? Only if you want a memory of an experience that you couldn’t possibly ever forget – and isn’t that something you would never regret?

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